Graduates of the SLIM Master of Library Science degree program will be able to employ current and emerging technologies effectively for communication, and to search for, identify, repackage, and deliver information resources.
Artifact: Class Research Page – “Sifting the News: Reading for Bias and Point of View”
Link to Research Page
MLS Outcomes: 3, 4, 5
MLS Values: 1, 2
The General Practicum offered by SLIM gives library students an opportunity to practice, extend, and demonstrate proficiency in the skills they learn in the classroom. It also provides a chance for students to integrate everything the theories they learn throughout the program during work experience in the real world. My practicum took the form of a working reference internship at the Nicholson Library at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. I drew on theory bases from learning and research I conducted in a number of different courses, including: the work of Radford, Janes, Agosto, and Lankes from my social reference research in LI 810, Kuhlthau’s Information Search Process from LI 802, Ranganathan’s Five Laws from LI 855, and knowledge of the Library of Congress classification system from LI 804.
During that time, I renovated and rebuilt a class research page on reading news sources for point of view for their information literacy and mass communication programs. I took advantage of the free reign Linfield gave me by building the new web page from the ground up after evaluating, writing, and compiling information about news sources that conform to a political bias. I then marked up the text using CSS and HTML and published it to the web using FTP software. I used Steve Krug’s book, Don’t Make Me Think (2006), as a touchstone for usability standards. This project gave me the opportunity to solidify my skills in using coding tools to organize and present information in a meaningful, effective, and usable manner. This shows I am able use technology as a seamless extension of my face-to-face teaching and reference work, packaging and delivering information resources in a web environment. I can also use that environment, as well as the Nicholson’s electronic resources, to communicate to users and do research.